Kensington Palace unveils its 25-foot Christmas tree

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Kensington Palace unveils its Christmas treeTwitter/@HRP_palaces

There's a lot of debate among festive decorators over when, exactly, Christmas trees should start going up. Some (Americans at least) say that any time after Thanksgiving is fair game, while others insist that the festive season doesn't properly begin until 1 December, and still others say that the classic evergreen should only get dressed up closer to the end of the month. The royal family seem to fall somewhere in the middle, with the Kensington Palace tree appearing at the very end of November.

Historic Royal Palaces, the charitable organisation that manages historic British properties like the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, unveiled Kensington Palace's Christmas tree on social media.

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"Rockin' around...[Christmas tree emoji] This morning Kensington Palace's 25ft Christmas tree was installed! Have you got your tree up yet?" they wrote on Twitter, along with a series of pictures of the super-sized conifer as it was being placed, as well as the mix of white and silver ornaments and silver bows decorating the branches.

While the palace — which remains the official London residence of William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, despite their relocation to Windsor earlier this year — might be ahead of the curve for some of us, it's not the first royal residence to get into the festive spirit this season.

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On 24 November, the Royal Collection Trust (another charitable organisation which maintains royal locations like Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle) shared a photo of the 20-foot fir tree in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, revealing that this year's decorations include 3,000 lights, iridescent ornaments, and purple ribbons. They also later shared a video of another tree in the Crimson Drawing Room at Windsor, both of which will be on display to visitors until 2 January 2023.

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